Tips & Tricks for Making Non-Surgical Protective Fabric Face Masks

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JOANN is your one-stop resource for everything you need to make non-surgical, protective face masks out of cotton or denim. This video gives you some tips and tricks for making face masks. These solutions to common questions and problems when sewing face masks will definitely come in handy, like 1) what to do if you can't find elastic bands 2) how to make fabric ties out of bias tape made from woven or knit fabric or by using ribbon, twill tape or flat trim 3) what to do if elastic loops hurt your ears after extended wear and 4) how to make a nose piece for a fabric mask. This video also gives recommended patterns for making scrubs and gowns. Show your support for the medical community by making masks, or make masks to protect yourself and your family.
Printable PDF here:
To make a pleated cotton face mask:
To make a shaped denim face mask:
Link to Shop All Mask Making Supplies:
Link to Cotton Fabric:
Link to Elastic:
If you'd like to join our Make to Give efforts by making protective masks to support our medical community, visit or visit your local JOANN store to pick up a free kit of supplies. We'll even bring it to your car for you!
Please read and follow all manufacturers' instructions for all tools and materials used. Provide adult supervision if children participate in this project. Masks are not intended for hospital or medical use and are not OSHA certified. Please follow CDC guidelines for use of masks.


  • vicky zhang
    vicky zhang5 ditë më parë

    I have tried it before, but the straps for hanging ears are not suitable, which makes my ears uncomfortable. I searched a lot of websites selling masks from the Internet. I currently use the one purchased from It can be used. The filtering comfort and breathability are better than the homemade ones.

  • Sena Warfield
    Sena Warfield15 ditë më parë

    Good news is n95 mask is normally back stock .full information on my channel. Hurry up they state stock is limited <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="150">2:30</a> Tx7Ae6O

  • YukiSkullDoll
    YukiSkullDoll16 ditë më parë


  • Rohit Editions
    Rohit Editions16 ditë më parë

    I am from India wanna be friends?

  • Jenny Smith
    Jenny Smith23 ditë më parë

  • judy johnson
    judy johnson27 ditë më parë

    What are you using for a liner?

  • Sarah Aubrey
    Sarah Aubrey28 ditë më parë

    Is the grey mask the denim pattern?

  • Zhao Yang
    Zhao Yang28 ditë më parë

    Kn95 Mask in-stock at

  • Donna Wong
    Donna WongMuaj më parë


  • Denise Whalen
    Denise WhalenMuaj më parë

    Great, clear, easy to follow directions and tips. I especially like the simplicity of using straight pins pinned onto the ironing board fabric to make a guide tool for making bias tape or mask ties.

  • Aakarsh Saggar
    Aakarsh SaggarMuaj më parë

    Kon'nichiwa , Kakashi-sama

  • Salsberi K
    Salsberi KMuaj më parë

    So now I need the instructions for making a mask as if you were explaining them to a five year old.

    D1G1TALSYNAPS3Muaj më parë

    @<a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="113">01:53</a> my head exploded.

  • Knitting Pasta
    Knitting PastaMuaj më parë

    Don't pipe cleaners and some wires rust when washed?

  • Angz Hamz
    Angz HamzMuaj më parë

    After your kool comfey mask is done. Keep looking Up. Signs in the sky. Wow for real, God is wayy working. See asap

  • sair sapata tension go
    sair sapata tension goMuaj më parë

    Very nice good content

  • Elle Belle
    Elle BelleMuaj më parë

    Can someone confirm if this is true that surgical masks like these offer no protection and you might as well not wear a mask if you're wearing a surgical mask?

  • Linda Casals

    Linda Casals

    Muaj më parë

    You can use a doble, coffee filter, inside of the mask. You could also line it with, pellon, it will work.

  • Kaley Davis
    Kaley DavisMuaj më parë

    A week ago, the KN95 mask I bought on the ojomask website was just received yesterday. The quality is very good and the price is not expensive. When I want to go to a place with a large flow of people, I still choose a safer KN95 mask. This self-made mask may be better used in places with fewer people.

  • Barbara Linebrink
    Barbara LinebrinkMuaj më parë

    Do you think you can use light weight corduroy

  • The Brave Introvert
    The Brave IntrovertMuaj më parë

    Say what now?

  • Nellie Wright
    Nellie WrightMuaj më parë

    Is there a ready made pattern to print ?

  • Greta Cuilty
    Greta CuiltyMuaj më parë

    Joanne’s you guys are great for doing all that you are doing; but where is the stuff I ordered?? I cannot get fabric or materials for masks, to save my life (literally.). I totally get it, that priority goes to organizations making masks in huge quantities for organizations and health workers and other essential workers, absolutely, they should get their material first, but you should not be taking orders from the ordinary folks like me, if you can’t fulfill the orders. Then we can move on and look elsewhere, instead of waiting for our order for weeks.

  • Ada baby
    Ada babyMuaj më parë

  • Claudia Zamora
    Claudia ZamoraMuaj më parë

    Can you wash mask with wire inside?

  • Kristen Thore
    Kristen ThoreMuaj më parë

    NOTE! Keep the iron away from the elastic - last night I barely touched the elastic, it melted the stretchy rubber bands in it and they snapped once pulled on. Learned the hard way!

  • Marco Deluca
    Marco DelucaMuaj më parë

    Where did you purchase the lil wire great vid

  • Shirley Chavis
    Shirley ChavisMuaj më parë

    The masks should not be placed via the head band if you work in the health care setting. The rational for this is because the head band will more than likely be contaminated from the original face mask placed on the headband. A clean mask should be worn only one time, for one task to ensure cross contamination doesn't occur. The elastic bands will come in contact with the buttons on the head band, You should keep clean masks separate from your "dirty, used" masks. In addition to making these face masks for health care professionals, I have been a nurse for over 30 years. Thanks for your excellent tips on making these lifesaving masks

  • SelfishMUA
    SelfishMUAMuaj më parë


  • B Smith

    B Smith

    Muaj më parë

    Lots of YT videos on that as well. I have made 2 different versions for my nurse daughter

  • Laura Serene
    Laura SereneMuaj më parë

    It was hard to sew so bought mine from

  • Lois Hite
    Lois HiteMuaj më parë

    I'm new to sewing. What is interfacing and is it needed for masks? If so what type? There are so many varieties!

  • Linda Gehrls

    Linda Gehrls

    Muaj më parë

    non woven fusible lightweight, but good luck finding it!! I'm using a light -mid weight right now and it works ok too.

  • Anthony Medrano
    Anthony MedranoMuaj më parë


  • Linda Karolski
    Linda KarolskiMuaj më parë

    Do you have a pattern for kid masks?

  • prdmommy0729
    prdmommy0729Muaj më parë

    that is so cool i made one too !

  • Melly Stone
    Melly StoneMuaj më parë

    Extended the pattern at the bottom to better fit my husband. He loves the ones I made. Used cotton and a layer of interfacing instead of denim. Also clipped all the curved seams. Was able to figure out how to put in a pocket for a nose wire, too. Thanks for this!

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    Yuhua ZhangMuaj më parë

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  • Sensei Bilek
    Sensei BilekMuaj më parë

    Thank you for making this. Making your own bias tape maker was genius. I found pipe cleaner wire broke and fell apart. I have seen Jewelry wire and even insualted wire from the hardware store work well. If you are making masks for health care workers or essential workers, there is limited supply of N95 rated replacement filter sheets that can be cut to any style mask at

  • Live M
    Live MMuaj më parë

    I need help everyone. I made a 3 layer mask out of bed sheet with 800 or 1000 count 100% cotton fabric. It’s seems hard to breath. Is it a good idea continue making it or not? Any thoughts? Thank you.

  • Bullitt Bourbon
    Bullitt BourbonMuaj më parë

    This mask has a form fitting shape but CLOTH MASKS ARE USELESS TOWARD AIRBORNE VIRUSES, YOU NEED A FILTER. cloth masks only give a false sense of security and takes you off guard. You need at least an N95 mask. Plainly irresponsible for some media personalities and even authorities to encourage cloth masks. When choosing HEPA filter material, watch out for fiber glass material in the fabric, it can permanently damage your lungs. ​​ ​ 2015 STUDY (updated in 2020) about cloth masks vs medical masks: "The study found that cloth mask wearers had higher rates of infection than even the standard practice control group of health workers, and the filtration provided by cloth masks was poor compared to surgical masks." FABRIC MASK BEST PRACTICES:

  • Linda Gehrls

    Linda Gehrls

    Muaj më parë

    It is better than nothing which is how many N95 masks are out there. N95's should be kept for the hospital personnel working in places where there is a high viral load. Fabric masks (especially when they are 3 layer with one layer of non woven interfacing will keep your "germs" from reaching other people and if everyone wears them it will cut down on transmission.

  • Deep hug
    Deep hugMuaj më parë

    Thank you! My housemate works in a supermarket and her mask was killing her ears! We're going to give the headband and buttons a go!!!

  • B Sher
    B SherMuaj më parë

    How did you make the little pocket at the nose?

  • Terry Henderson
    Terry HendersonMuaj më parë

    I'd like to know how she made the second style mask, and are they all washable with the wire nose pieces?

  • Rebecca Stager

    Rebecca Stager

    Muaj më parë

    Same on the washable nose pieces!

  • Enrgyzr Enrgy
    Enrgyzr EnrgyMuaj më parë

    This offers no protection if you are not using the non-woven materials. Useless sorry.

  • Deep hug

    Deep hug

    Muaj më parë

    The tip you used to fold the fabric ties is brillant! I would suggest you do a video only showing that tip, as many are struggling to make fabric ties due to the shortage of elastic

  • Wendy Han
    Wendy HanMuaj më parë

    At this time, it is really hard to find masks. My masks ( just disposable masks, not medical masks that should be given to our health care workers) that purchased at will run out. I am sure the delivery time will be longer than last time. I want to learn how to make them by ourselves but it seems hard to me. I have forwarded this video to my aunt who are good at cutting and sewing.

  • Ptao Tom
    Ptao TomMuaj më parë

    Thank you! My housemate works in a supermarket and her mask was killing her ears! We're going to give the headband and buttons a go!!!

  • Josephine Franklin
    Josephine FranklinMuaj më parë

    You can buy soft pipe cleaners and use it for the nose piece. Zigag Stitch in place and save the time making a pocket. It’s easier to make ties at 1 1/2” x 36” long and forget the elastic if you can’t find it. Take your time and pin it, I didn’t use an iron.

  • Deborah Midkiff
    Deborah MidkiffMuaj më parë

    I used two of my husband's nice dress shirts that don't fit him anymore. As a filter, I have two vacuum bags for microallergens that I am cutting up and putting inside my husband's and son's mask.

  • sandip rudani

    sandip rudani

    Muaj më parë

    @L L

  • L L

    L L

    Muaj më parë

    Most vacuum bags have fiberglass in them so please be careful. You 100% don't wanna breath fiberglass.

  • Pamela Geyer
    Pamela GeyerMuaj më parë

    the length for the elastic given was for adults. what is the measurement for the child's version?

  • Dawn Tyson
    Dawn TysonMuaj më parë

    Before i turn my mask, i zigzag stitch the chenille wirero the top. Then i turn out and finish stitching

  • sandip rudani

    sandip rudani

    Muaj më parë

    @Judy Wiese

  • Nicky Emery

    Nicky Emery

    Muaj më parë

    That’s what I’ve been doing.

  • we3are7art9


    Muaj më parë

    Such a great idea. TYSM!

  • Judy Wiese

    Judy Wiese

    Muaj më parë

    Now that's a great tip. Was about to give up reading these comments! Thanks

  • Salomy Astuces
    Salomy AstucesMuaj më parë

    good idea thnk you this is anther way to make a mask

  • hen ko
    hen koMuaj më parë

    alguien. Les mando buenas energías desde el otro lado del mundo! ! y quede se en casa lo más que puedan gente!! 💕🇺🇾

  • Kascia Samel
    Kascia SamelMuaj më parë

    Hi, thanks for the tips. I don’t have pipe cleaners. Can I use craft wire? I have one just under 1/8 of an inch and another one same size but wrapped in twine. I’m unsure if it’ll ruin the mask and damage the washer and dryer.

  • sandip rudani

    sandip rudani

    Muaj më parë

    @Kascia Samel

  • sandip rudani

    sandip rudani

    Muaj më parë


  • Kascia Samel

    Kascia Samel

    Muaj më parë

    Silver Wrapture Creations, thanks for the info. I couldn’t remember what material my wires were made of and had to ask my husband if he knew (he’s handy and does the occasional welding). He experimented with his torch and found that it was neither aluminum nor steel as they have a higher melting point. After finding out I was trying to find an alternative to pipe cleaners, the man tells me he has pipe cleaners. What a run around with a fun science lesson!😊

  • AmandaJoDotCom


    Muaj më parë

    That's a good point SilverWrapture... The floral wire I used is coated like most of the colorful, inexpensive craft wire. The only exposed areas were the tips, & they are enclosed in the duct tape I used to keep the ends from poking. Like most people, I just tried to make do with what I had. I made a loop so both ends met in the middle, & I wrapped that bit. I'm still refining, so any tips are appreciated!

  • Silver Wrapture Creations

    Silver Wrapture Creations

    Muaj më parë

    If the CRAFT WIRE is ALUMINUM it will work great and not rust when washed. Stainless steel will also work.

  • greywulf31
    greywulf31Muaj më parë

    The worst website ordering.

  • LindieLee
    LindieLeeMuaj më parë

    Wow! I had no idea you could elastic along the channels! Thanks

  • sandip rudani

    sandip rudani

    Muaj më parë

    @hen ko

  • hen ko

    hen ko

    Muaj më parë

    i would like to know how you feel about using peepee pads to make mask all comments appreciated thank you

  • Tara Harris
    Tara HarrisMuaj më parë

    How did you cut that elastic so well, my came apart and looked raggedy 🤣🤣

  • Kristen Thore

    Kristen Thore

    Muaj më parë

    I had to take the elastic out of an old fitted sheet to have the right size - I tried cutting the wider elastic i had and it also frayed :(

  • Katie Love
    Katie LoveMuaj më parë

    There are chemicals in all materials in making masks. And they are breathed in and rubbed on the face which can make a rash or wrinkles on one's face. Masks made by others should be washed before using. No one knows how clean the person was who made the masks since others put them up to their faces.

  • Joanna
    JoannaMuaj më parë

    bedsheets on, possibly the edges of old fitted sheets, etc.

  • ann mcgowan
    ann mcgowanMuaj më parë

    How can I get the pattern?

  • Heidi Larsen

    Heidi Larsen

    Muaj më parë

    go to Joanne's website. It is there for you.

  • richard carpene
    richard carpeneMuaj më parë

    The tip you used to fold the fabric ties is brillant! I would suggest you do a video only showing that tip, as many are struggling to make fabric ties due to the shortage of elastic and bias tape. Well done!

  • Tara Harris
    Tara HarrisMuaj më parë

    Can I use yarns for my string?

  • sandip rudani

    sandip rudani

    Muaj më parë

    @Tara Harris

  • Tara Harris

    Tara Harris

    Muaj më parë

    @Joanna I have some extra materials, but when I run out I'm going to use yarn( braided method).

  • Joanna


    Muaj më parë

    i love the bias tape hack!

  • Tree Brune
    Tree BruneMuaj më parë

    Wonderful. Thank you

  • Lorgar
    LorgarMuaj më parë

    Universal and reusable virus deactivation system for respiratory protection Article (PDF Available) in Scientific Reports

  • Abdulla Alyaqoob
    Abdulla AlyaqoobMuaj më parë

  • Subroto Saha
    Subroto SahaMuaj më parë

    you are doing such a good job for us. From this video we can easily make class mask.Now face mask is one of the best protection from Corona Virus. Again thanks... We are the representative of TK Medical Supply whose are basically medical face mask supplier in Houston, TX. Please visit the link:

  • Filling the Void Revues
    Filling the Void RevuesMuaj më parë

    I have a giant head and if you attach paperclips to the back of your mask it loosens it up. I use 3 and it finally isn't killing my ears etc.

  • Mickey Bunn
    Mickey BunnMuaj më parë

    I like the idea of putting in the wires. But, what happens when you wash the face mask a number of times with the wires held in place using duct tape? (and it's recommended to wash in hot water)

  • laskin riubn

    laskin riubn

    Muaj më parë

    I use a tampon ...

  • Debby Josephson
    Debby JosephsonMuaj më parë

    its easier if you make the bias WOF and cut into strips

  • Linda
    LindaMuaj më parë

    Not gonna lie. I feel cool with the one I made . Kinda hope it stays

  • laskin riubn

    laskin riubn

    Muaj më parë

    So we're using woven fabric for something that's on a microscopic level 🤔

  • Jill Akerley
    Jill AkerleyMuaj më parë

    i would like to know how you feel about using peepee pads to make mask all comments appreciated thank you

  • sandip rudani

    sandip rudani

    Muaj më parë

    @butti fdft

  • butti fdft

    butti fdft

    Muaj më parë

    I use a tampon ...

  • butti fdft
    butti fdftMuaj më parë

    BUT I mean I’ve seen ppl outside plop a big clear container on their head as if they were sandy cheeks. That also works

  • SHAHZAD ali
    SHAHZAD aliMuaj më parë

  • Patricia Curtis
    Patricia CurtisMuaj më parë

    Please someone explain the measurements of both masks!!!

  • LindieLee


    Muaj më parë

    You can find free printable for masks from other people posting on youtube, or goggle, "pdf face masks".

  • teresa lozano
    teresa lozanoMuaj më parë

    I have a question I’ve been using elastic and I use 7 inches and it’s to tight I usa 8 inches still to tight what am I doing wrong

  • Trish St John

    Trish St John

    Muaj më parë

    Measure your head if you have measuring tape. Otherwise take a longer piece of elastic and try it out on your head before you cut it.

  • Brother Hameed
    Brother HameedMuaj më parë

    This fabric will not protect you from the coronavirus.

  • sandip rudani

    sandip rudani

    Muaj më parë

    @Angelica Rose

  • Angelica Rose

    Angelica Rose

    Muaj më parë

    If everyone thought of protecting others then it would help. So basically you are protecting others when you wear a mask and when they wear one they are protecting you.

  • Trish St John

    Trish St John

    Muaj më parë

    It doesn't protect you. It protects others from you. Two layers of tightly woven cotton and a filter inserted will block your saliva from flying at other people or lessen it.

  • Tayelou
    TayelouMuaj më parë

    i love the bias tape hack!

  • Miko Garcia
    Miko GarciaMuaj më parë

    @<a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="111">1:51</a> 🤯 mind blown

  • sunflower syndrome
    sunflower syndromeMuaj më parë

    My grandmother would say, 😒 “Do you see now why you should have learned how to sew? 🧵”

  • sandip rudani

    sandip rudani

    Muaj më parë

    @annag cocl

  • Lisa Banner

    Lisa Banner

    Muaj më parë

    I with your grandma. I should’ve watched/learned

  • annag cocl

    annag cocl

    Muaj më parë

    underwear around your face!

  • Jen Stave
    Jen StaveMuaj më parë

    Thank you for the clear, understandable tutorial.

  • Van Le
    Van LeMuaj më parë

    Fabric mask is not safe

  • laskin riubn

    laskin riubn

    Muaj më parë

    Is there any tips for if you don't have an iron? Can I maybe wet the fabric and while it dries... press it with something heavy? Can I heat up a metal spoon in boiling water and u

  • Mike M
    Mike MMuaj më parë

    Thank you for sharing this video, very helpful! Please try to use latex-free elastics or rubber bands if you are donating these masks to hospital workers. Regular elastics are made of natural latex, which is a sap from the hevea tree. About 17% of healthcare workers are allergic to latex because of the gloves they wear and their symptoms can worsen if their skin is in contact with latex. It’s a cumulative allergy, like bee stings, so the symptoms can become severe overnight when you’re exposed to latex. Once you develop this allergy it’s for life and there’s no treatment or cure. It’s best to avoid wearing latex / NRL gloves too if you can. The safe ones are NITRILE or VINYL gloves. Stay safe 🙌

  • Karington Sheppard
    Karington SheppardMuaj më parë

    So we're using woven fabric for something that's on a microscopic level 🤔

  • annag cocl

    annag cocl

    Muaj më parë

    This ain't cute at all. You're helping to normalize all this. You all laughed at us preppers. I'm walking around with a CDC approved respirator while you all walk around with

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